Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

'Rape kit' attacker gets nine years

A former security man who ambushed a young Polish woman and dragged her to where he had prepared a special "rape kit" was jailed for nine years yesterday.

Mr Justice Paul Carney described the attempted rape by Russell Murray as "at the upper end of the scale", since his "rape kit" contained three strips of duct tape, Vaseline, toilet roll, a dog lead, rope and a saw handle.

Murray (33), of Clydagh, Moycullen, Co Galway, but originally from Glenshane Park, Tallaght, Dublin, told gardai his intention was to "grab a girl, the first who came along, commit oral rape and use the handle of the saw to penetrate her".

He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to assaulting and attempting to rape the woman at a Galway housing estate in the early hours of April 8, 2009.

Detective Garda Barry Carolan gave evidence that Murray grabbed the 24-year-old Polish victim and dragged her to where he'd packed the kit in a rucksack. However, she escaped her assailant's grasp when she pulled the balaclava off his head.

Det Garda Carolan said gardai thought they were dealing with a mugging until they found the rucksack and "rape kit".

He said gardai knew from a resident of the estate that the accused's van had arrived in the area shortly before the incident.

Murray told gardai that he had initially intended to mug someone but then got a "sexual urge" to rape a woman.

Det Garda Carolan said Murray was "ambiguous" as to what he would have done with a victim after he had raped her.

He told gardai: "It wasn't in my mind to hurt her but it's hard to say."

Gardai found a digital camera card on Murray, containing graphic up-skirt images of women in pubs and clubs.

Mr Justice Paul Carney jailed Murray for 12 years for the attempted rape, with the final three years suspended, and five years for assault causing harm.

The sentences will run concurrently. He also ordered Murray to be added to the register of sex offenders and said he should undergo eight years of supervision after his release.

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